by Sarah J.F. Braley | June 27, 2013
Why here?

The Mile High City officially reaches an altitude of 5,280 feet on the steps of the Colorado State Capitol (above). The theme is everywhere, from the local magazine 5280 to Denver Restaurant Week in February (actually two weeks), when meals are priced at $52.80 for two.

Visit Denver has compiled a report of local hotels' sustainability practices. The information covers waste management, energy conservation and more.

Mark Rothko is now featured at the Denver Art Museum.

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Local Update
Planners take notice: A 4,200-square-foot ballroom with an adjoining 2,500-square-foot outdoor terrace has opened at the 336-room The Curtis, a DoubleTree by Hilton hotel.

A $28 million renovation has finished up at the Grand Hyatt Denver. All 516 guest rooms were redone, the lobby and conference center were redesigned, and the 38th-floor Pinnacle Room, with breathtaking views, was reconfigured. Locally sourced dishes are served at Pub 17, which opened last summer, and the new Skycourt, a rooftop jogging track and tennis court, is accessed from the fitness center. The hotel has approximately 52,600 square feet of meeting space.

The 4,200-square-foot Four Square Ballroom, with its adjoining 2,500-square-foot outdoor terrace, has opened at The Curtis, a DoubleTree by Hilton, bringing the property's total meeting space to 28,000 square feet. Starting in December, all 336 guest rooms will receive new soft goods. The hotel also features a newly renovated fitness center and the Corner Office Restaurant + Martini Bar.

The Colorado National Bank building is being converted to a 230-room Renaissance Hotel. The property, to open in November, will retain the bank's soaring white-marble lobby and murals of American Indian life, as well as three vaults with their massive doors -- one that serves as a private dining room and the other two as boardrooms -- part of the hotel's total 3,000 square feet of meeting space.

More than $1.5 million was spent on revamping the 10,000 square feet of meeting space at the 80-room Oxford Hotel. In addition, the on-site McCormick's Fish House has been remodeled. The property also offers the Oxford Club, Spa & Fitness Center and the Cruise Room Bar. Sharing the meeting space will be the new 112-room hotel at Union Station across the street, opening in July 2014. The 1881 Beaux Arts station will offer four Colorado chef-owned restaurants, shops and more.        

A $5 million renovation wrapped up in April at the 451-room Hyatt Regency Denver Tech Center, where a new gastropub, Root25 Taphouse & Kitchen, has opened. The property offers 30,000 square feet of meeting space. 

Meeting Hotels
Downtown, more than 8,300 rooms surround the Colorado Con­vention Center, including the 1,225-room Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel, 1,100-room Hyatt Regency Denver at the Colorado Convention Center, 615-room Denver Marriott City Center and 516-room Grand Hyatt Denver. 

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Convention Center
Colorado Convention Center; exhibit space, 584,000 square feet; number of meeting rooms, 63; (303) 228-8000;

Airport Transit 
Denver International Airport, about 24 miles northeast of downtown. Transfer cost by taxi, $54.50 to downtown and $60.50 to the Denver Tech Center; by Super Shuttle, $21

Room tax, 7.5%; sales tax, 7.35%; total tax on hotel rooms, 14.85%
Group Venue
It's summertime at the foot of the Rockies, and it would be a sin not to host an outdoor event. The 5,000-square-foot Sky Terrace at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science holds up to 250 people for a reception under the stars, with the majestic Rocky Mountains as a backdrop. With several other areas for gatherings, the museum hosts events for 15 to 3,500 guests. (303) 370-6400;

Visit Denver, The Convention & Vis­itors Bureau, (303) 892-1112;